Barbados seeks to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press September 16, 2020, 7:53 PM • 3 min read SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom. The former British colony once known as “Little England” announced it plans to replace the monarch with its own head of …

Morning mail: Morrison funeral row, Trump on defence, Chinese investment plummets

Good morning, this is Lauren Waldhuter bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 14 September. Top stories The daughter of a Queensland man whose funeral was at the centre of a federal-state brawl about border closures has accused Scott Morrison of using the case to “advance his political agenda”. When another daughter was denied an exemption from hotel quarantine to attend the ceremony, Scott Morrison asked Queensland authorities to change their minds. In an open letter Alexandra Prendergast …

Heartbreaking Photos Show Thousands Displaced After A Huge Fire Destroyed A Refugee Camp

Fires have ravaged Europe’s largest migrant camp, leaving about 12,000 people without shelter. Fanned by high winds, the blaze first broke out Tuesday at Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Large stretches of the camp burned down. Only a medical facility and some small clusters of tents were left standing, according to the New York Times. No deaths were initially reported. The fires continued through Wednesday, leaving most of the camp’s residents homeless. Police reinforcements were brought in …

Thousands sleep in open after Greek refugee camp burns down

MYTILENE, Greece — Authorities on Friday sought to shelter thousands of refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the squalid and overcrowded Moria camp that for years symbolized Europe’s biggest migration policy failings. Soldiers set up new tents on a site near Moria’s blackened remnants. The structures were flown in by military helicopters to forestall protests by Lesbos’ permanent residents angry at their island’s protracted use as a holding center for thousands arriving from nearby …

Libya’s eastern parliament meets after rare protests erupt

Libya’s east-based parliament has convened an emergency meeting to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east By ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press September 11, 2020, 7:51 PM • 4 min read DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Libya’s east-based parliament convened an emergency meeting Friday to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east, rallies that mirror similar recent protests in the west of the divided nation. Hundreds of …

Another leading opposition activist detained in Belarus

Belarusian authorities have detained one of the last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press September 9, 2020, 1:31 PM • 5 min read KYIV, Ukraine — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday detained one of the two last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lawyer …

AstraZeneca trial pause is ‘not necessarily’ a setback, British health minister says

An engineer shows an experimental vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus that was tested at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images LONDON  — The U.K.’s health minister on Wednesday rushed to defend AstraZeneca’s decision to pause a closely-watched coronavirus vaccine trial due to safety concerns, saying that the decision is not necessarily a setback to its development. AstraZeneca announced Tuesday that the pause was due to a potentially unexplained …

South African protesters close stores over offensive ad

Protests over an advertisement viewed as racially offensive forced the closure Monday of at least 60 outlets of a chain of drugstores By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated Press September 7, 2020, 6:05 PM • 3 min read JOHANNESBURG — Protests over an advertisement viewed as racially offensive forced the closure Monday of at least 60 outlets of a chain of drugstores. Leaders of the leftist opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters led the protests against the nationwide retailer Clicks, in which some …

Coronavirus live news: cases rising in 22 US states as France declares more Covid-19 ‘red zones’

9.34pm EDT 21:34 Mexico’s health ministry on Sunday reported 4,614 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 232 additional fatalities, bringing its totals to 634,023 cases and 67,558 deaths, Reuters reports. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely to be significantly higher than the confirmed cases. 9.16pm EDT 21:16 More on the latest from New Zealand, with Charlotte Graham-McLay: Health officials in New Zealand reported two new cases of Covid-19 spread in the community on …

Israelis protest against PM as coronavirus infections spike

Thousands of Israelis have protested outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pressing ahead with a monthslong campaign demanding the embattled Israeli leader resign By ARIEL SCHALIT Associated Press September 5, 2020, 9:42 PM • 2 min read JERUSALEM — Thousands of Israelis protested outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night, pressing ahead with a monthslong campaign demanding the embattled Israeli leader resign. The protest came as Israel is coping with record levels …

Japan’s Suga signals ultra-easy monetary policy to continue

Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary of Japan, speaks during a press conference. Akio Kon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a frontrunner to be the next prime minister, said he would like the central bankt o continue its ultra-loose monetary policy as the economy is still struggling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview that ran on Saturday in the Nikkei newspaper, Suga also said he would consider compiling another economic stimulus …

Boris Johnson is ‘fascinated’ by Donald Trump, says ex-diplomat

Lord Darroch, a former British ambassador to the US, has said Boris Johnson is fascinated and inspired by Donald Trump and is intrigued by the US president’s patchy relationship “with the facts and the truth”. In a new book serialised in the Times, Darroch said Johnson must share the blame for his resignation as ambassador to Washington, which followed the leaking of diplomatic cables disparaging Trump. Darroch wrote that Johnson had been “fascinated” by Trump on visits to Washington as …

Iraq may ‘lose control’ after record coronavirus cases: Live

Iraq’s health ministry has warned hospitals may “lose control” in the coming days as the country has recorded its highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, a spokeswoman said, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness and safety. Brazil’s caseload topped four million as Australia extended its ban on international travel for three more months …

For first time, a woman to head Canada’s Space Agency

Canada’s Space Agency will have a female president for the first time in its 31-year history September 3, 2020, 8:22 PM • 1 min read OTTAWA — For the first time in its 31-year history, the Canadian Space Agency will have a female president. The government announced Thursday that longtime public servant Lisa Campbell will take over as head of the agency. Campbell replaces Sylvain Laporte, who has been president since 2015. Campbell has spent the last two years as …

NATO says Turkey, Greece agree to talks; Athens denies deal

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Greece and Turkey have agreed to start “technical talks” aimed at helping to reduce the risks of military incidents and accidents in the eastern Mediterranean By SUZAN FRASER and NICHOLAS PAPHITIS Associated Press September 3, 2020, 6:37 PM • 5 min read ANKARA, Turkey — NATO’s chief said Thursday that alliance members Greece and Turkey have agreed to start “technical talks” to help reduce the risks of military accidents in the eastern Mediterranean, where …

Coronavirus live news: Trump pushes to withdraw WHO funding immediately

  US public health departments being told to prepare November vaccine distribution Health officials across the US have reportedly been notified that they should expect a coronavirus vaccine available to health workers and high-risk groups by November, amid concerns the accelerated vaccine development process has become politicized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informed health officials that “limited Covid-19 vaccine doses may be available by early November 2020”, the New York Times reported. Meanwhile, in a letter to …

Who’s next? Abe’s party maneuvers to pick Japan’s next PM

With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing his plans to step down due to health reasons, members of his ruling party are furiously maneuvering ahead of an internal vote that will ultimately decide his successor By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press September 2, 2020, 12:35 AM • 4 min read TOKYO — With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing his plans to step down due to health reasons, members of his ruling party are furiously maneuvering ahead of an internal vote that will …

Ex-Malian president Keita hospitalized at private clinic

The Malian president who was ousted in a military coup last month has been hospitalized at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old’s health after being detained for 10 days by the junta By BABA AHMED Associated Press September 1, 2020, 11:03 PM • 3 min read BAMAKO, Mali — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted in a military coup last month, was hospitalized late Tuesday at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old’s health after being …

Coronavirus live news: Russia cases exceed 1m; Poland bans direct flights from 44 countries

  Interesting article from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on the global push to develop a vaccine for coronavirus, which contains warnings from lead scientists that we are unlikely to get a vaccine until the end of 2021. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (@JohnsHopkinsSPH) “A return to normal requires a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. What will it take to get one?” https://t.co/aSoV7QUS7v September 1, 2020 Here’s an excerpt: As reopening measures begin across the U.S. …

Councils in north-west England ask for Covid lockdown to remain as cases rise

Plans to lift coronavirus restrictions for more than half a million people in Greater Manchester have been thrown into “chaos and confusion” as local leaders urged the government to change course after a sharp rise in infections. Less than 24 hours before restrictions on social visits were due to be lifted on Wednesday, two local authorities covering more than 520,000 people warned the government it was too early to ease the measures. Council leaders in Bolton and Trafford wrote to …